You already know who inspires geniuses like Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Tom Ford and a few others (Read Designers’ Personal Lives Part I), but I am sure you’d like to know much more about designers’ personal lives. So, let’s talk today about other 10 couples that make the fashion world so amazing.
Jean Paul Gaultier & Francis Menuge
Jean Paul Gaultier has had one big love in his life – Francis Menuge. The two had spent 15 years together until Francis died of AIDS-related causes. Francis was that very person who convinced Jean Paul to found his own brand. After his lover’s death Gaultier said he wanted to quit fashion or work for a different brand instead of developing his own. But then he realized that Francis would be glad if he continued building his empire. So he did.
Oscar de la Renta & Annette Reed
Oscar de la Renta has been married twice. His first wife, Françoise de Langlade, was an editor-in-chief of French Vogue. She never took an active part in her husband’s business but attracted rich and famous people to his shows. In 1983 she died. Oscar de la Renta married again in 1989 to Annette Reed, a famous American publisher.
Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone
Marc Jacobs is openly gay and his relationship with Lorenzo Martone, a Brazilian advertising executive, was discussed widely. The couple got engaged in 2008 after a year of dating. In 2009 they got married but in spring 2010 they broke up.
Diane Von Furstenberg & Barry Diller
Diane Von Furstenberg was 18 when she met her first husband Prince Egon of Fürstenberg, the elder son of a German prince. They married in 1969 and had two children. Diane became Princess Diane of Fürstenberg but after the divorce in 2001 she can no longer use the title. The same year the designer re-married to American media mogul Barry Diller.
Karl Lagerfeld & Jean-Baptiste Giabiconi
It is a common fact that Karl Lagerfeld’s lover died 15 years ago. Since then the designer hasn’t had any serious relationship. According to rumors now Lagerfeld has an affair with a 21-year-old model Jean-Baptiste Giabiconi who often accompanies him at social events. However, the designer neither confirms or denies the fact. He says his age doesn’t allow him to put his personal life on the display.
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana (Dolce&Gabbana)
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana decided to start a brand in 1985. But only in 2005 they officially confirmed their relationship outside business. However, in 2005 they broke up as a couple but continued to work together. The reason for separation was Stefano’s unfaithfulness. Now the designers are good friends that spend a lot of time together. Stefano has an official relationship with Dj Serj.
Vera Wang & Arthur Becker
Wedding dress by Vera Wang is a dream of every girl but what do we know about the designer? Not much. She has been married to Arthur Becker for 27 years. They have two daughters.
Michael Kors & Lance Le Pere
Michael Kors has never liked when people spoke about his personal life. All we know is that he is a gay and has a long-term partner Lance Le Pere, who is a businessman. The couple live together in Manhattan.
Miuccia Prada & Patrizio Bertelli
Miuccia Prada has been happily married to Patrizio Bertelli for 30 years. Patrizio is now Prada’s general director.
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